Category Archives: Uptown / Lower Queen Anne

Irish Eyes Are Smiling! Seattle Center’s Festal presents the 2018 Irish Festival

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate the beauty and depth of the Irish culture, and Seattle Center’s Festal is gearing up to do just that!

Head to Seattle Center on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th and find a serious taste of the Emerald Isle right here in the heart of in the Emerald City. Festal’s Irish Festival will bring to life a multifaceted, in-depth adventure through Ireland, its history and traditions, no passport necessary.

Enjoy a fun and fascinating exploration of Irish cultural heritage, past and present, through visual arts, live performance, games, activities, and of course, food! Explore the market place featuring Irish handicrafts, live Irish music and that famous and oh-so-impressive Irish step dancing.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Find out by tracing your own roots in geology workshops (yes! That’s at the festival!), and learn a bit of the Celtic language while you’re at it. The festival also promises Irish movies and short films, cultural exhibits and live demonstrations and maybe even a few Irish celebrities!


Festal is a series of multi-cultural events presented by and at the Seattle Center each year. Now in its 21st year, Festal continues to shine a light on the beauty and majesty of cultures across the globe by showcasing their rich and complex traditions, histories, art, music, dance, food and much more. Festal’s Irish Festival is presented in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.


Whether you’re looking to learn more about your own heritage, wanting to learn more about Ireland and its culture in general, or you’re simply tired of leprechauns and green beer and looking for a more authentic experience, Festal’s Irish Festival is sure to be a fun and fabulous way to spend your St. Patty’s Day weekend.

Seattle Center Festál
Irish Festival
March 17-18, 2018
Armory Main Level

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in March

From St. Patrick’s Day fun to other events, there’s lots to do in Queen Anne this month.

March 3: Seattle Children’s Museum Anniversary Celebration
6:30pm – 9pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Celebrate the Seattle Children’s Museum’s 38th anniversary on Saturday, March 3rd. The museum is bringing back the games you played as a child, with special twists… Take part in giant Jenga, acting activities, and investigate the density of alcohol in the museum’s Investigation Station. As part of the celebration, there will also be raffle baskets, a live auction, and refreshments. Tickets are $50/person and proceeds will go toward the museum’s future programs and exhibits.

March 4: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
6:45am or 7:55am | Seattle Center
The annual Hot Chocolate 15K/5K is coming to the Seattle Center on Sunday, March 4th! Choose your race, and after you run there will be a tasty post-race party… Fill your Finisher Mug with chocolate fondue, dippable snacks and toasty hot chocolate to sip. There will be a live DJ, Hot Chocolate inflatables to pose with, and a Kid Zone.

March 4: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast features an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on March 4th, with live music from Tune Sisters, Sprida Ut and Nordiska dancers and musicians. The price is $11 for adults, $9 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

March 7: YNPN Seattle March Happy Hour
5:30pm – 7pm | Queen Anne Beerhall
Network with nonprofit peers at the monthly YNPN happy hour! In March, the happy hour will take place at the Queen Anne Beerhall on March 7th. Click here to RSVP.

March 15: Monthly Uptown Art Walk
6pm – 9pm | Uptown/Lower Queen Anne
Visit Uptown businesses to experience new art placements at the March Uptown Art Walk. This event takes place on the third Thursday of every month. Click here to view the participating establishments.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Dash
6:30am – 12pm | Seattle Center
Dress up in your St. Paddy’s Day best and get ready to race! The St. Patrick’s Day Dash is on Saturday, March 17th. Race day starts with a kids lap and 1K dash, followed by the main race and then the post dash bash, beer garden, and more!

March 17 & 18: Irish Festival
10am – 6pm | Seattle Center Armory & Fisher Pavilion
Seattle Center’s Festál features Irish Festival this month, with lots of ways to appreciate and enjoy Irish culture. There will be live performances, hands-on activities, cultural food and drink, games, visual arts, a marketplace and more. Admission is free.

March 25: French Fest
10am – 6pm | Seattle Center Armory & Fisher Pavilion
French Fest is the next festival as part of the Seattle Center’s Festál program. It’s coming up on March 25th, with fun activities, food, live performances and more to celebrate and showcase French culture. Admission is free.

Two Uptown / Lower Queen Anne Projects Progress Through Design Review

After the Seattle City Council approved a measure to increase the maximum height of buildings between Roy Street and Denny Way in Uptown, several developments have entered design review.

The project at 631 Queen Anne Avenue N had its first review last week, but after a lukewarm reception, a second Early Design Guidance meeting will be necessary. The chief concern was a lack of specifics for the preferred design plan, which proposed extending the commercial space along Queen Anne Avenue and leaving room for outdoor dining along Roy Street.

“Because of the complexity of the right of way and sidewalks, there is very little room to have that work efficiently,” said Robin Murphy, who is with Jackson | Main Architecture.

While the specifics need to be worked out in the next Design Guidance review, and members of the board have lots of questions, the public has generally shown support for the project. All three proposals, including the preferred one, call for about 95 residential units, 4,200 to 5,800 square feet of retail space on the ground level, and 20 parking stalls.


A second project at 513 First Avenue N, where Chutneys, Queen Anne Liquor & Wine and the former Floyd’s Place are located, is moving forward in the design review process after a meeting last week. This project calls for around 134 residential units, 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, 31 parking stalls and perhaps a pair of live/work units.

There was discussion about the appropriate use of the mid-block connection between the lot’s south edge and its neighbor, the Inn at Queen Anne. Plans for placing the residential lobby there and making full use of the space would require cooperation from the Inn’s property owner, but if that partnership falls through, the plans would be altered to create a green space there instead.

The Ruins: Possible Closure In January, Listed for Sale

By Sarah Anne Lloyd

A two-story commercial building in Uptown (or lower Queen Anne, depending on your preference) is for sale. Built in 1928, it stands out for that classic warehouse style, with huge, multi-paned windows and an ornamented roofline. But what really makes it stand out is inside: The bottom floor is home to the event space and members-only dining club The Ruins.

Both the building and the business are for sale. A representative for the Ruins told us that without a buyer, the business will close in January after their annual January 1 member dinner.

The elaborately-designed space features four separate event venues: The Ballroom, with hand-painted murals; reception space the Chocolate Room; and both a large and small dining room.

All of them are eclectically decorated, from an outdoor courtyard covered in ferns to large animal statues—including a commanding life-size elephant—to commanding formal chandeliers. The walls are painted in bold, bright colors under high ceilings. French doors can either open up the space or create more intimate gatherings.

Even more behind-the-scenes spaces, like kitchens, are colorful and offbeat.

Upstairs, two vacant office suites provide more space, but aren’t quite as exciting-looking (yet).

When it was first built, according to its historic designation, the building was home to an auto body-building plant for Tricoach Manufacturing Company. Later, it became a drafting office and then a pottery manufacturer. The Ruins moved in and remodeled in the early 1990s.

The building’s listed for $4.3 million.

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